Confronting complexity: Insights from the details of behavior over multiple timescales

Samuelson, Larissa K and Horst, Jessica S (2008) Confronting complexity: Insights from the details of behavior over multiple timescales. Developmental Science, 11 (2). pp. 209-215. ISSN 1467-7687

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Abstract

Young children tend to generalize novel names for novel solid objects by similarity in shape; a phenomenon dubbed the shape bias. We believe that the critical insights needed to explain the shape bias in particular, and cognitive development more generally, come from Dynamic Systems Theory. We present two examples of recent work focusing on the real-time decision processes that underlie performance in the tasks used to measure the shape bias. We show how this work, and the Dynamic Systems perspective, sheds light on the controversy over the origins and development of the shape bias. In addition, we argue that the Dynamic Systems perspective is the right level for explanations of development because it requires a focus on the details of behavior over multiple timescales.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0712 Developmental psychology Including infant psychology, child psychology, adolescence, adulthood
Depositing User: Jessica Horst
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:53
Last Modified: 10 May 2012 11:57
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/14910
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